Frequently Asked Questions about Private Lessons

When should a skater begin taking private lessons?

A skater may begin taking private lessons at anytime. If you think your skater may be interested in competing, even if it is sometime in the future, it is important to at least be communicating with a private instructor in order to ensure that the proper steps are being taken for a future in competitive figure skating.

What are the Benefits of Taking Private Lessons?

One on one instruction allows for more rapid progression. Private Lessons allow for a more personalized training environment. A Coach can prepare skaters for Competitions and Special Events such as Ice Shows & Exhibitions.

How Do I Choose a Coach?

Read the short list of qualifications for each coach. Observe the coaches at work. Watch each instructor teach and take note of their qualities and teaching techniques that you like. This is a good way to determine which coach will work best with you and your child(ren).

How Do I Set Up Private Lessons?

Speak with the coach directly to arrange for lessons or please see the private coaching bios for email information.

Things to Remember

Each Ice Time or Freestyle session is paid for at the front desk, while private lesson fees are paid directly to the coach. Skaters do not need to complete all classes in the Learn-to-Skate Program to begin Private Lessons. Skaters can simultaneously take Learn-to-Skate and Private Lessons.


  • USFS tests passed: Senior Freestyle, Senior Moves-in-the-Field, and Gold Dance.
  • Twelve years of personal skating experience including competing at a local and regional level in addition to ice shows and exhibitions.
  • Seven plus years of coaching experience including Learn-to-Skate, large groups, and private lessons (all ages and abilities).
  • Cast member in Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1999 US Figure Skating Nationals.
  • Cast member in the 2002 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
  • USFS registered coach, PSA member including PSA Basic Accreditation.
  • BS in Family, Consumer & Human Development form USU.

juliebro.az@gmail.com

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  • USFS Gold Medalist in Moves in the Field
  • USFS Gold Medalist in Ice Dance
  • USFS Juvenile Freeskate
  • 10 years competitive skating experience
  • 6 years skating as a member and competitor of the Star Lit Blades Synchronized Skating Team, Captin
  • Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Champion (2015)
  • Learn-to-Skate instructor since 2015
  • Experience working with all ages and abilities
  • Eccles Ice Center Group and Private Coach
  • Available for Moves in the Field, Freestyle, Choreography, and Ice Dance
  • Sterling Scholar in Family and Consumer Science (2018)
  • Mission statement: To empower students of all ages and abilities through movement and creative expression to foster a passion for learning and the sport of figure skating.

mercedes.jensen@me.com

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  • 13 years experience competing and performing, including regional competitions and state titles.
  • USFS Novice Moves-in-the-Field and Freeskate.
  • Currently pursuing a degree in Human Movement Science at Utah State University.
  • Experience working with youth and adults with disabilities.
  • Involvement in running, dance, choreography, and yoga.

Contact Hannah at skatecoachhannah@gmail.com

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Figure skating coach since 1996. Professional show skater for 12 years with Disney on Ice. Skated in the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games. Pairs skater with wife, Hiroe Kakisawa, and starred in Disney On Ice’s Lion King as Simba and Nala in the show. Skated competitively for 19 years. Regional champion, a qualifier for Junior Nationals and two-time medalist at Collegiate Nationals. Completed USFSA Gold Freestyle test and Gold Moves in the Field test. Also passed USFSA Novice Pairs Test. Specializes in all levels and disciplines of figure skating.

Contact Janusz at oskinny@msn.com

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Professional show skater for 6 years with Disney On Ice. Also performed for Tokyo Disneyland in Tokyo, Japan, and cruise ship shows. Trained in Yokohama, Japan, and was a competitive skater for 15 years. Competed on all levels on the Japanese team and in 1998 became a Novice National Medalist. Competed with the Japanese National Team, Junior, and Senior levels. Participated in the Junior Grand Prix of Canada in 2004, and skated in many other international figure skating championships. Pairs skater with husband, John McKinnon. Fluent in English and Japanese. Specializes in all levels and disciplines of figure skating.

Contact Hiroe at oskinny@msn.com

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-13 Years of skating experience, with regional titles from across the Country
-trained under Jessica Melton National Technical Specialist
-USFS Moves-In-the-Field Gold Medalist
-USFS Intermediate Freeskate
-Eccles Ice Center Group skating Coach

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